The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian telescope will open up the night sky for you and your entire family to discover. With excellent light grasp, point-and-view ease of use, and an array of super helpful included accessories, the SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian is truly one of the best telescope values on the market today.
The XT8's big 8" (205mm) parabolic primary mirror collects 78% more light than a 6" mirror, so you get a significant increase in ability to discern dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular star clusters, and to reveal some of the more subtle structures in faint galaxies. The 1219mm focal length (f/5.9) XT8 mirror delivers clear and crisp views at moderate to high magnifications on clear nights with good seeing conditions. The Moon and planets of our solar system like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars shine brightly in the SkyQuest XT8 Classic, allowing you to inspect them in wonderful detail.
The SkyQuest XT8 features a 2" Crayford focuser equipped with a removable 2"-to-1.25" step-down adapter. So the focuser can accommodate use of 1.25" eyepieces such as the 25mm Plossl that comes with the telescope, and optional 2" oculars, which often allow for a wider apparent field of view than corresponding 1.25" eyepieces. The 25mm Plossl eyepiece provides 49x magnifying power. Of course, eyepieces of other focal lengths can be purchased to provide higher or lower magnifications.
The XT8's 45"-long enameled steel optical tube glides with silky smoothness on the sturdy Dobsonian base. You just grasp the front of the tube and point it toward your target using simple up-down and left-right motions. The "red dot" (LED) finder scope makes it easy to find your target object and center it in the telescope's eyepiece. There are no complicating counterweights, gears, clutches, or polar alignment to fuss with.
To set up the SkyQuest XT8 Classic, you just lift the optical tube and set it in the base's cradle (one-time base assembly required), then connect the CorrecTension springs. Done. To transport the telescope, just unhook the springs from the base, lift the tube off, and carry the base and tube separately. The base even has a convenient carry handle.
The SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian comes with three additional accessories to enhance your viewing experience: Orion's MoonMap 260, DeepMap 600, and a smartphone photo adapter for taking pictures through the telescope's eyepiece.
Use the Orion MoonMap 260 to identify lunar features
With locations and names of over 260 features on the Moon such as craters, mountains, valleys, "seas" and more, the MoonMap 260 is a great tool for beginning astronomers. This detailed map will even show you where various spacecraft have landed on the Moon's surface!
The Orion DeepMap 600 will guide you to fascinating celestial gems
Full-color star map of the night sky with clearly indicated positions of 600 of the finest celestial objects to view. It folds up just like a road map for easy storage and transport. Back side lists essential data for all 600 objects, including a brief visual description of each. An ideal reference for beginners and advanced observers alike! Printed on dew-proof plastic.
Take pictures of solar system objects with the included smartphone camera adapter
Adjustable smartphone holder clamps onto the telescope's eyepiece, allowing you to take shake-free, well-focused, high-power photos of celestial objects. Sure beats trying to steadily hand-hold your phone over the eyepiece — frustrating! You'll get lots of "keepers" with this smartphone photo adapter.
A great telescope with the optical strength to please serious beginners and veteran skygazers alike, the Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian will provide years of astronomical adventure for you and your whole family.
Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-447-1001.
Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.
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